West Ham vs Man City lineups – Red-hot Kudus to hurt champions

West Ham vs Man City lineups – Red-hot Kudus to hurt champions
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Ghana Black Stars attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus is set for a first Premier League start in the West Ham vs Man City 2023/24 season matchday 5 tie.

The Ghana international is yet to start since joining the Irons on 1 September but during the September 2023 international break, showed that he is not slowing down anytime soon.

West Ham manager David Moyes will be hard pressed to keep him on the bench in their biggest game of the season so far.

Ghana fans, meanwhile, will be excited to watch Mohammed Kudus in the West Ham vs Man City game.

West Ham vs Man City preview and team news

West Ham vs Man City is a match between two of the season's most successful teams and Mohammed Kudus is poised for a first Premier League start in the game.

The Ghana international could come in as a replacement for any player in West Ham's attack but he is likely going to be taking Saïd Benrahma's place in the team. This is because his favoured attacking midfielder role will be occupied by Brazil international Lucas Paquetá.

It will be an uphill task for David Moyes who is looking to win four consecutive league games for the first time in four years. Unfortunately, the game will be against a Man City side, who are one of the only teams with a 100 percent record in European top flight football so far this season.

A clean sheet will also be an uphill task because the Hammers have not kept one so far in the league. In fact, they are on a seven-game run in all competitions without keeping a clean sheet. They will hope that their form, which is thanks to their new look spine and their UEFA Europa Conference League triumph in June, will be enough to get a result against City.

The last time they enjoyed a start as impressive as this was in the 1999/2000 season. Mohammed Kudus, who had the privilege of having a West Ham fan watch him while he played for Ghana during the international break, could help the club make modern history in his first Premier League start.

All eyes will be on the player who chose to play under Moyes when Roberto De Zerbi of Brighton and Hove Albion wanted him.

West Ham vs Man City lineups and predictions

West Ham vs Man City lineups

Based on the team news, here is what we think West Ham vs Man City starting XIs will look like.

West Ham

Goalkeeper: Alphonse Areola

Defenders: Thilo Kehrer, Kurt Zouma, Nayef Aguerd, Emerson

Midfielders: Edson Alvarez, James Ward-Prowse, Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, Mohammed Kudus

Forwards: Michail Antonio

Man City

Goalkeeper: Ederson

Defenders: Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji, Josko Gvardiol

Midfielders: Rodri, Matheus Nunes, Bernardo Silva, Julian Alvarez, Phil Foden

Forwards: Erling Haaland

West Ham vs Man City prediction

Fans of the Ghana national football team will be invested in the West Ham vs Man City game thanks to the possibility of Mohammed Kudus getting a run.

There is no better platform and opponent than Manchester City for the attacking midfielder to prove that he can also be considered one of the best players in the world.

West Ham are the hosts of the tie but every Premier League team is aware that there is no home or away ground when the City Boys take to a green turf. Moyes' team will create genuine chances which Pep Guardiola's team will have to defend strongly against.

Man City will take the win, damning Moyes and Mohammed Kudus to a loss.

West Ham 0 – 2 Man City

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

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